Granger, IA—April 27, 2011—Early in his career Kraig Kinser had the chance to race at numerous tracks in his home state of Indiana. Having been on the road for a number of years with the World of Outlaws, the opportunity to compete in the Hoosier state have become few and far between. This season the third generation driver will have two chances to race in front of the fans that saw him cut his teeth on the bullrings of the Hoosier State. The first of those two events will be come on Saturday, April 30 as the World of Outlaws make their annual stop at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, which will serve as the season opener at the historic ¼-mile bullring.
Kinser, who pilots the Casey’s General Store Maxim for Parsons Motorsports, raced at Tri-State Speedway a number of times early in his career with a couple of different series before taking to the road full-time with the World of Outlaws in 2004. He finished a career-best third at Haubstadt in 2003, a track at which members of his family have competed at since the 1960’s.
Last season, the third generation driver finished eighth to score his best World of Outlaws finish at the track, after winning the fourth heat race to earn a spot in the dash where he started 10th and finished eighth. He started eighth in the main event and worked his way up to sixth early on, before falling back to 10th. He rallied late to pick up two spots with two laps to go to come home in the eighth position.
Kraig is the third generation of the Kinser family to compete at Tri-State Speedway, along with his father Steve, who has 22 overall wins at the ¼-mile, with eight of those coming in World of Outlaws events, as well as his grandfather Bob, who raced at the track periodically from the late 60’s all the way through 1992, winning three times at the bullring.
Kinser enters the race at Tri-State Speedway this weekend 11th in the World of Outlaws standings on the strength of four Top-10 finishes and a pole position this season and is just 23 points out of the Top-10.
The event originally scheduled for April 23 at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Oklahoma was postponed due to inclement weather and has been reschedule for Tuesday, May 3, marking the series inaugural visit to the high-banked 3/8-mile.
Kraig on Tri-State Speedway:
“I always look forward to going to Haubstadt. It’s close to home and a track I have raced on a lot. It’s a great track and they keep it well maintained. There are usually a couple of grooves to race on. It’s a short track with a wall around it, so it can definitely be intimidating running around there. I’ve never had that good of luck there, though I’ve never really had bad luck either. We just haven’t quite had the finishes we have wanted. It’s always fun to race in Indiana and they have some great fans there.”
Kraig Kinser By the Numbers: Tri-State Speedway:
0.25-Miles around Tri-State Speedway
1- Top-10 finish with the World of Outlaws at the ¼-mile; Finishing position in the first heat race at the track in last season’s event
2-Events in the state of Indiana this year for the World of Outlaws
5- World of Outlaws starts at the ¼-mile
8-Finishing position last season at the track; Starting spot in the main event at the track in 2010
10- Starting position in the dash last season at Haubstadt
12.146-Lap in time trials last season at Tri-State Speedway
13.6-Average finish in five World of Outlaws events at the track
40-Laps in the main event at Tri-State Speedway
109- Miles from Bloomington, Indiana to Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt
1367- Points earned this season through April 2
2004-Year competed in first World of Outlaws event at Haubstadt
14,650-Dollars earned through April 2
Keep up with all the action: Follow Kraig Kinser on Twitter at http://twitter.com/kraigkinser6 and receive live updates from the track each and every race night. Also keep up with Kraig online at the recently redesigned www.KraigKinser.com.
Tune in: Listen live this weekend to the race on DIRTVision.com with “The Voice of the Outlaws” Johnny Gibson on the call. Visit www.DIRTVision.com for live audio of each and every World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event.